Hello, I'm Kelly Boyle....

Live Painting at Ozora Festival 2017

I'm a UK based artist with a love for connecting and expressing through creativity. You can mainly find me doodling on the go, hugging random dogs and eating cake around the streets of Leeds, West Yorkshire or other lands.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to check out my work. If you'd like to know more about my creative process take a read of the below frequently asked questions.

FAQ's 

Do you have a design in mind when you start?
No. I put pen to paper and start with a line or a shape and see where it takes me. Rotating the page as I go, which allows for a fresh perspective when stumped.

What is your favourite medium?
I'll always have a love for ballpoint pens as they allow me to create on the go. Combining my love for travel and spontaneity whilst being able to enjoy new situations blanketed within a creative bubble of joy.  I really love using the pyrography pen as well. It pleases my mischievous and inquisitive side.

What's you're Inspiration?

  • Life, emotions and whatever I feel. I'm like a sponge that absorbs everything and creating helps me wring out the sponge. Its a visual communication that helps me create space amidst the chaos. 
  • Manga artwork has certainly been an inspiration which can be seen in the way that i use tapered lines and draw eyes. I find Japanese culture fascinating
  • Nature; Colours, forms and frequencies.  

    300611 Ballpoint Pens Drawing

Do you have a Studio?
No. I prefer to draw in public spaces. I enjoy the connection it brings. Plus if i'm drawing around others there's usually one or two who will sit with me and draw too. I really like watching others enjoying creating if they don't usually. It's like watching someone return to an inner childlike state where nothing else matters, it's a precious moment to be able to witness. 

Are you afraid of damaging the artwork when drawing in bars ad cafes?
I've spilt things on the drawings myself. many of characters have appeared because of a chocolate brownie stain. I cant always control everything around me just work with it as it happens, it always seems to add a little extra magic to a piece afterwards.

What do the words in your artwork represent?
They are part of what I'm experiencing at the time of creation. 
Some are from dreams, song lyrics, interactions. I journal a lot and once I've wrote all of the emotions that I feel and expressed the rants there's a follow up voice that's usually the voice of reason. Depending on which is the most emotionally potent at the the time will be written on the drawing. It's important for me to allow everything its space to be. 

Drawing in Ls6 Cafe, Leeds

How long does it take you to do one drawing?
The last drawing took me about one year. Having a few days to have breaks. When I first started drawing again it was simple doodles on post it notes whilst sat at a desk in an IT job. Over the years the drawings have grown organically in size, technique and time taken to complete.

Do you do multiple drawings at a time?
No. I work on one drawing until its finished, but i will also be working on multiple paintings or pyrography work at the same time. I don't rush although i may have moments of impatience of wanting to be finished. I've just got to trust the process. Things happen when it's time.

What are the numbers that you title your work with?
They are the date of completion. Each piece is a page in a visual diary. I have a  natural ability and interest for seeing patterns and cycles. I've learnt a lot from the artwork I've created, especially about yearly cycles. A lot of the symbology in the artwork has helped guide me years after they've been created and it's usually around the same time of year. I'd be really hungry to know what it all meant, but the more i was concerned with the 'what if's' the less i was in the 'what now'. The process itself is enough. It allows me to sit with everything i'm experiencing. Everything else that comes up i can be aware of but try not to get lost in it or if i do just recognise and return back to drawing.

Drawing on the Streets of Leeds 

Have you always drawn in this style?

 I stopped creating for around 6 years when i was 21. At the time I was studying art & design. The combination of not enjoying the design process, not feeling good enough and emotional upheaval led me to drop out of the course and life took me on a different path. Not creating was pretty soul destroying. I did Reiki level 1 on 070707 and started doodling again that day. There was a peace that came with drawing something that i could't compare it to. It provided an unpressurised space for me to create and evolve organically. 

I still experience highs and lows but feel comforted by the fact that I'm able to retreat to a creative bubble.

Doing something that makes me feel good and fits my own nature has had a huge impact on my mental health and lifestyle; Drawing, playing music, things that allow me to process or doing things like taking a bath, walking in nature. I can have quite a fixated personality at times; slowly changing addictions for special interests has had a huge impact on my self-esteem.

I think we all work in our own way and at our own pace, depending on life experiences and nature and that's ok. Offering compassion to ourselves rather than beating ourselves up goes along way in nurturing who we are, which is why I have the phrase, 'Believe in You' on my business cards. 

I really enjoy all of the little characters that appear on the page, I don't think i'd be able to draw them in such a way if i sat and thought about doing it. Drawing intuitively feels really natural to me. It's certainly a therapeutic and meditative experience that allows me to connect with myself and others.

It taught me that each person can see something totally different in each drawing and there's no right or wrong answer. Its a different perspective on the same situation.Be True to You ballpoint Pen Illustration